CrossCurrents International Doc Fund Theatrical Strand Awards $30,000 to AGAINST THE TIDE and CUTTING THROUGH ROCKS

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Panicaro Foundation are pleased to announce that Against the Tide (D: Sarvnik Kaur, India) and Cutting Through Rocks (D: Sara Khaki & Mohammad Reza Eyni, Iran) are the grant recipients of the CrossCurrents Doc Fund International/Theatrical Stream. Launched at the 2016 Festival by the Panicaro Foundation, the theatrical stream allocates $30,000 CAD each year to one or more full-length feature projects in production by emerging filmmakers.

In addition to funding, grant recipients will participate in professional development activities throughout the year, including labs with direct access to industry mentors, a set curriculum of workshop activities, access to the Hot Docs Forum, and access to networking opportunities.

Eligible projects were considered by the CrossCurrents International Doc Fund Committee, which included: Caroline Birks (treasurer/board member, Panicaro Foundation), Deepti Gupta (filmmaker, Omgrown Music), Hot Docs (Julian Carrington, distribution manager & industry programmer, funds; and Heidi Tao Yang, acting industry program director)

Director/Producer: Sarvnik Kaur
Producer: Koval Bhatia
Production company: Snooker Club Films Pvt Ltd.
Country: India
A tale of love, brotherhood and resentments against the backdrop of an adoring sea, which is turning adverse under the menacing effects of an all-pervading calamity called climate change.

Directors/Producers: Sara Khaki & Mohammad Reza Eyni
Production company: Gandom Films Production
Country: Iran
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The application dates for the fifth round of funding will be announced in the new year.

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